Coast Guard Offering One Day Boating Class


Boating enthusiasts seeking to obtain the state boating safety certificate can enroll in a one-day responsible boating class on the third Saturday of the month, from 9AM to 5PM. Completion of the $45 course makes you eligible for the state boating certificate.

The course is held at the Pine Ridge Community Center, 15699 Pine Ridge Rd. in the Iona area of Fort Myers, next to the Iona McGregor Fire Station and across from the tax collector’s office.

Greg Masonic, the Flotilla Commander of Fort Myers Beach Flotilla 91, stresses the importance of education and awareness of boating hazards. Masonick says, “Attending an in-person class is an excellent opportunity for students to interact, share perspectives, and gain local knowledge. Participants learn about the importance of life jackets, risk reduction, preparedness, and exercising sound judgment.”

According to Florida law, anyone born on or after January 1, 1988, who plans to operate a boat in Florida waters with an engine of 10 horsepower or more must complete an approved boating safety course and obtain a Florida boating safety ID card. This card certifies that the person has completed the required boating safety course, but it is not a boating license.

The one-day class costs $45 per person and includes study materials. Enroll today at or by calling 239-690-6780 option 1.


  1. Does this mean that if you were born after that date you would need to show proof of this course if you wanted to rent a boat as well?


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